Joseph M. Foster
Joined Van Eck in 1996 as precious metals mining analyst.
portfolio manager of Van Eck's gold funds and member of the hard assets
- From 1992 to 1996, a Senior Geologist at Pinson Mining
Company where he managed the on-site geology department, and conceived and
implemented a comprehensive exploration program on a 35 square-mile land
position. His primary responsibility was to find new gold reserves that could
extend the life of the mine.
- From 1988 to 1992, a Mine Exploration
Geologist with Pinson Mining Company where he planned and supervised up to
30,000 feet of exploration drilling per year.
- Prior to 1988, an
Exploration Geologist with Lacana Gold Inc., Reno, Nevada.
- Has been
quoted in Wall Street Journal, Barron's, The Wall Street
Reporter; appeared on Reuters TV, CNBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg TV.
- Published articles in mining journals, including Mining Engineering, Society
of Economic Geology, and Geological Society of Nevada.
- MS, Geology,
Mackey School of Mines, 1988; MBA, University of Nevada-Reno, 1988; BS (Magna
Cum Laude), Geology, Tennessee Technological University, 1982.
Charl P. de M. Malan
Joined Van Eck in 2003 as precious metals and mining
- Currently serves as investment team member of Van Eck International
Investors Gold Fund, Van
Eck Global Hard Assets Fund, Van
Eck VIP Global Gold Fund and Van Eck VIP Global Hard Assets
- From 2000 to 2003, an equity research sales analyst
specializing in South African mining, natural resources and financial sectors at
JPMorgan Chase; also actively involved in merger of BHP Billiton, SAB Miller and
unbundling of Iscor Steel/Kumba Resources, as well as capital raisings and the
NYSE listings of Harmony Gold, Gold Fields and Telkom SA.
- From 1997 to
2000, an equity research analyst and junior portfolio manager at Standard
Corporate and Merchant Bank (Asset Management), South Africa; developed and
applied various fundamental and quantitative models within the natural
resources, mining and consumer sectors; in charge of establishing an equity
research department and ultimately managing Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank
(Asset Management), Namibia.
- MBA, University of Stellenbosch (South
Africa), 1999; Honours in Business Administration, University of Stellenbosch
(South Africa), 1997; BA, Arts, University of Pretoria (South Africa), 1992.
Van Eck in 2011 as senior gold analyst.
- Currently serves as investment
team member of Van
Eck International Investors Gold Fund, Van
Eck Global Hard Assets Fund, Van
Eck VIP Global Gold Fund and Van
Eck VIP Global Hard Assets Fund.
- Prior to joining Van Eck, worked
as managing director and senior equity research analyst at McNicoll Lewis &
Vlak, responsible for establishing their metals and mining research department,
with a focus on undercovered and undiscovered precious metals companies.
- Previously covered the gold mining sector as equity research analyst at
Barnard Jacobs Mellet USA and BMO Capital Markets.
- Prior to working as
a research analyst, was a production technologist, offshore wellsite supervisor,
and petroleum engineer for Shell Exploration and Production in Venezuela.
- Has been quoted in Barron's, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily and
theStreet.com; has appeared on CNBC.
- MS, Mechanical Engineering, Case
Western Reserve University, 1998; BS (Magna Cum Laude), Mechanical Engineering,
Case Western Reserve University, 1997.